This is a guest post by my amazingly talented sister, Shipwreck Samantha. I hope you enjoy her post and are able to learn something from her. – Meagan Nicole
When I was offered to guest post on this blog, something came to my mind. I remember around two years ago when I was in youth group, our pastor was talking about using our talents for God’s glory. When we got into small groups, I was one of the only girls who actually knew what my talent was, though I still didn’t know what to use my artistic abilities for. This is something that has stuck with me. It amazed me and made me a little sad to see so many teenagers my age that didn’t think they had any special abilities. Most of them admitted to doing mindless things in their spare time because they didn’t have a passion to practice and use.
I used to be in the same situation. Up until a year ago, even though I knew I had some artistic abilities, I didn’t actually find out what it really meant to have a passion. I spent a lot of my time getting frustrated with my doodles, and most days I felt like I would never be a good artist. It wasn’t until a year ago that I discovered sculpting. That was when my talent truly shined, because since then I take joy from my work, instead of tears.
If you don’t know what your talent is, I’ve been in your shoes. It’s frustrating at times. You might even question if there is even something special or important about you. But if you remember anything from this post, let it be this: You are unique and important in God’s plan.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
So let me give you some advice, coming from someone who used to not know what her passion was. Here are my 3 steps to help you find your talent.
1. Follow your interests.
Notice how I used both the word passion and talent in the same context. This is because I believe they work hand in hand. Because when you do finally find your talent, you will have so much joy in what you do that you will never want to stop doing it.
The first step is figuring out what your interests are. You need to experiment. I used to think I wanted to be an art teacher. It wasn’t until I started giving art lessons that I realized it wasn’t something I enjoyed. At the same time, I couldn’t stand the thought of selling my artwork. I never would have thought selling my art would be the thing I enjoy most until I tried it.
If you enjoy reading, maybe try doing a little experimenting with writing. If you have a fascination for how things are built, you can try designing and building your own contraptions. Start with your interests and work from there.
2. Be patient.
For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
I know how frustrating it can be not knowing what you’re meant to do, but we don’t have to know everything. We are all part of God’s perfect plan, and things will be revealed to us when the time is right.
I call myself a “late bloomer.” I’m sixteen now and just now figuring out my talent, but sometimes those late bloomers are the most magnificent of all.
Now I’m not saying you should just sit around and wait on your talent to show up. You should be using your time diligently. But at the same time, you can’t rush the idea of figuring out what you’re meant to do.
3. Use your interests to serve others.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. – Galatians 6:9
I slowly started to realize there was potential to sell my art when I saw just how much other people enjoyed it. I used my talents to create unique gifts and sometimes just a little doodle to cheer someone up. I remember one of my favorite things to make when I was younger was popup cards. Whenever I made one for someone’s birthday, everyone wanted to see it. It was probably my favorite part about the party, seeing everyone enjoying my artwork.
So use your skills to serve others while you are still trying to find your passion. Maybe if you are good in math and you know someone struggling, you can tutor them. It can even be something as simple as teaching someone how to ride a bike.
It doesn’t matter if you know what your talent is or not, serving is rewarding. It feels pretty great knowing other people appreciate your skills.
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold of God. – 1 Peter 4:10
So don’t give up and tell yourself you don’t have a talent. We are all gifted. There is no talent more important than another. Like I said before, we are all part of God’s perfect plan.
Your sister in Christ,
Shipwreck Samantha is the younger sister of A Rising Generation’s author, Meagan Nicole. Samantha is a YouTuber and digital artist who hopes to one day work for Pixar. She can be found at her YouTube channel Shipwreck Samantha, her Instagram account Shipwreck Samantha, and on her Etsy shop where she sells her original artwork.